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Before the spanish colonization not much happened at Manzanillo, the place was unhabited by several groups of indians from wich not much is known, their cities and tombs, as far as I know, have not been studied and some have been ransacked. apparently an important activity for them was fishing pearls.
The first spaniard arriving at Manzanillo was Gonzalo de Sandoval, he disembarked in a place called Salagua not far away from the place in wich the city is located today. in 1527 the Manzanillo bay was "discovered" and his advantages as a maritime port were soon noticed, as the western zone of Mexico was not very well known several expeditions sailed from this place, the most important was the one lead by Hernán Cortés, a trip in wich he discovered the California peninsula, another one finished with the discovery of the Revillagigedo islands.
Appart from this events not much happened in the colonial Manzanillo, and it remained a rural town while other places developed.
After Mexico independence Manzanillo's port was opened (after drying some swamps around it), and in 1848 a customs office was established allowing the town to trade with other countries, until now this remains one of the two most important activities in the city, and if you get away from the beaches you'll see thousands of containers being handled in the port.
Manzanillo became important enough to became the state capital for three days, this occured during the mexican revolution when, in 1915 Pancho Villa menaced with taking the city of Colima, something wich never came to happen.
In 1921 the airport was opened, but it wasn't until the seventies when Manzanillo discovered it other important activity, tourism.
In 1979 the film "10", starring Bo Derek Dudley Moore and Julie Andrews, popularized both the Ravel's bolero and the Manzanillo hotel called Las Hadas (one of your several accomodation options), since then Manzanillo has became an important beach destination for Mexico, of course it can't compete with places like Cancún or Puerto Vallarta, but instead of nightlife and package tourism you'll find a peaceful and still surrounded by wildlife place.
Recently Manzanillo has been recieving another tousristic boost as a result of the increase in cruising lines including the city in their iyineraries.
Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico
"Sailfish Capital of the World"
Manzanillo is an industrial city with a harbor to match. It is located on the Pacific coast 98 km west of the state capital, Colima City.
It is a maze of winding, narrow streets that climb up the hills to overlook the harbor.
The population as of 1990 was 67,697.
Manzanillo not only has a fine harbor, but it has modern railroad an highway connections to Mexico City.
In 1522, Gonzalo de Sandoval arrived at Manzanillo. He was under orders from Hernán Cortez. He hosted the local Indian chieftans in a village on the Bay of Salagua which is just north of Manzanillo Bay.
In 1527, Manzanillo Bay itself was discovered by Alvaro de Saavedra. He named it Santiago de la Buena. It became an important departure port for expeditions. It was raided by pirates from Portugal, England, France and even Spain.
The port of Manzanillo officially opened in 1825. It was raised to the status of a city on June 15, 1873.
In recent times the harbor has been modernized and deepened.
Here is a photo of the approach to Manzanillo.
Pepes Hideaway, Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico
"Mazanillo and Pepes Hideaway"
Legend has it that when the galleons of Hern?n Cort?s first dropped anchor
in the shallows off Manzanillo, sailors saw fairies dancing in the moonlit
water. Nearly half a millennium later, visitors are still discovering the
allure of this seaside city ringed by an emerald rain forest and twin
Long a favorite among vacationing Mexicans, Manzanillo defies the common
prejudice that a commercial port and a world-class destination resort town
can't coexist. Pollution is kept in check by confining terminal operations
to the Laguna de San Pedrito, a self-cleansing marshland near the old city
center and miles from most hotels. There, white herons and pink flamingos
strut as giant orange cranes unload containers from ships that have traveled
from as far away as Russia. Meanwhile, out in the bays, scuba divers and
snorkelers explore the untouched sea world; along 10 miles of powdery
volcanic sand, sun worshipers soak up the rays, turning a blind eye to the
machinery of international commerce.
Some 7,000 hotel rooms have been constructed since Manzanillo's first resort
hotel, Las Hadas, opened in 1974. Without a cruise ship terminal or a major
shopping district, though, the city has never managed to attract the masses
like Puerto Vallarta or Acapulco. That may change soon. The state of Colima
recently commissioned Jos? Luis Ezquerra, Manzanillo's most celebrated
architect, to remodel the city's tired commercial center in the Moorish
style of Las Hadas (which he also designed). Plans call for a malec?n (pier)
lined with boutiques and restaurants, an upscale 300-room hotel, and a
cruise ship terminal capable of handling 25,000 passengers a year.
Although ground has yet to be broken for the terminal, the sleepy wharfside
plaza, with its gazebos and hibiscus topiary, has already been replanted.
All this means that the time to dance in the moonlight on the black and gold
sands of the playas is now?before the cruise ships drop anchor and those
mythical fairies decide to fandango off to a more deserted shore.
Pepe's Hideaway firstname.lastname@example.org
Eccentric gray-haired, pony tailed surfer Pepe Telarana owns Manzanillo's
most unusual inn in the gated community of LaPunta, an assortment of palapas
scattered about a two-acre wedge of jungle. Complete with tropical birds and
monkeys and a crashing surf to lull you to sleep
Each of the seven primitive huts on stilts comes with modern amenities: a
king-sized bed, electricity, running water, and a sunken tub. There's even a
swimming pool, spa, and thatched dining pavilion. Pepe's Hideaway,
52-314/333-0616; http://www.pepeshideaway.com doubles $300, all-inclusive.
What to Do
Although most visitors are content to simply recline in the powdery sand or
soak in the 80-degree ocean, Manzanillo has plenty of pursuits for active
To get a feel for the real Manzanillo, spend an afternoon in El Centro, the
lively business district. Stall after stall along Avenida M?xico is stocked
with baskets of grain, religious statues, kitchen appliances, fabric?every
conceivable thing, it seems, except bona fide souvenirs. At the indoor
market on Avenida 5 de Mayo (between Guerrero and Cuauht?moc), tables are
piled high with mangoes, limes, papayas, bananas, spices, and layers of
fresh snapper and giant shrimp. All of El Centro shuts down at two
o'clock?siesta. Those who don't venture to their brightly painted houses in
the hills spend the afternoon in the plaza sipping cups of tuba (coconut
palm juice sprinkled with peanuts). A keyboard player livens up the Bar
Social (across from the main square), a jam-packed 1950's cantina, until 4
p.m., when the city goes back to work.